How to deal with challenges
to your sex life
Having a heart condition doesn't mean you have to miss out on socialising. Read two inspiring stories along with top tips for keeping up your social life.
Health issues can have a big impact on all types of relationships. Katherine Woods speaks to the Head of Clinical Practice at Relate about tips for dealing with relationship problems.
A cardiac rehabilitation programme is an essential part of recovery when you have a heart condition. Experts share their exercise tips as well as advice on how to stay motivated.
There's no need to live with loneliness. Here are 12 ways that you can get yourself out of the house to make friends, have fun and put a spring in your step.
Katherine Woods speaks to Robert, Eleanor and Chris about how they have dealt with their mother's diagnosis - as well as the unexpected positive effect it's had on family life.
If you’re struggling over Christmas and New Year, there is always help available. Find out who you can speak to, how they can help, and what their Christmas opening hours are.
Relationships between partners can change with a health problem. Katherine Woods speaks to Chris and Sue about how Chris' cardiac arrest affected their marriage.
Katherine Woods talks to Sarah and Steve Brown about how their relationship has been affected after Sarah's diagnosis.
Being diagnosed with a health condition can be daunting. Lulu Trask talks to Professor Paul Bennett about ways to deal with diagnosis.
Help keep physically and emotionally healthy in later life by making small changes to your lifestyle.
Mayuri lost her partner John after he suffered a burst abdominal aortic aneurysm. She speaks to Sarah Brealey about how she coped with her grief.
Experiencing a heart event can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. But there are ways to seek help, as we explain.
After a heart event, it can be hard to open up to the people around you. We discuss the benefits of writing about your experience and how to get started.
A heart or circulatory condition can mean you look well even when you don’t feel it. We give tips on how to deal with it.
A heart problem led to a car crash, pacemaker and difficult times for Jane Burns. She tells us how writing poetry about her experience has helped.
A heart event like a heart attack or a cardiac arrest can cause PTSD. We look at what the symptoms of PTSD are, and where to go for help.
Does your heart or circulatory condition keep you awake at night? You’re not alone. Read our tips for a better night's sleep.
Living with fatigue can be part of having a health problem. Read our tips to help you cope.
Find out how two people with heart and circulatory conditions have dealt with challenges to their sex life, and get tips from experts.
More than 2,400 people with heart and circulatory disease took our sex survey. Nearly half said their sex life has been affected by their condition. See the full results of our survey.
Sex and relationships therapist Victoria Lehmann offers her tips on how to start a conversation about sex with your partner and GP
If you have a health condition, pain may be part of your life. But there are ways that you can help yourself cope, as we explain.
Getting support can be a crucial part of living well with a health condition. Get tips on where you can find it.
The Ticker Club in Manchester is helping people having heart procedures feel supported by people who have been through it themselves.
Many people with a heart or circulatory condition experience problems with their sex life. Roger Fox, who has heart failure, writes frankly about how it has affected him.
Zena Jones from Newcastle talks humorously about how she has had to adjust her life after suffering from a heart attack.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, answers common questions about sex and heart and circulatory disease.
Don’t be set in your ways – getting active, eating well and losing weight can help you stay healthy well into old age, as two experts tell Rachael Healy.
Having a heart condition might stop you from driving for a while. Claire Shaw explains why, and looks at the impact not being able to drive can have on your life.
Anger is common when you have a health problem. Lucy Trevallion finds out how to address it, and speaks to Ian and Diane Gray, who dealt with anger after Ian's heart attack.
Stress is a common experience, especially when we're going through health problems. Lucy Trevallion examines how stress affects us and shares ways to face it.
Health issues can have a huge impact on romantic relationships. Lucy Trevallion speaks to Sarah and Gary Orchard, who faced the challenges of heart problems and a cancer diagnosis by working together.
Following a heart attack, David Hermelin, 71, made changes to improve his lifestyle and help his heart health. He explains the benefits healthy living has had for him and his wife Sam.
Having a heart condition can affect your mental wellbeing too. This section offers tips for coping, information about antidepressants, and real stories, plus results of our exclusive survey.
Going through change can be unsettling, especially when it’s caused by a heart condition. We discover how Trevor Munkenbeck coped with life after a heart attack.
Having a health problem can be challenging for your finances, but help is available. Find out about the different benefits that could provide support, and how to access them.
With our online community on HealthUnlocked, you can chat with others living with heart and circulatory conditions. Helen Skipworth, BHF Community Admin, talks us through some of the best parts of the community.
Are you really as healthy as you think you are? Or maybe you are healthier than you think? Take our quick quiz to find out.
Exercising can help boost your mood and self-esteem, so can help tackle symptoms of depression. Rob Otley, 40, from Cornwall, found getting active helped him fight back after heart problems.
Health problems can challenge your romantic relationships. An expert and a couple who have been through health problems share their tips for keeping your relationship strong after a diagnosis.
When Colin Hackles suffered a heart attack, he and his wife Lynne had to find ways to deal with the accompanying stress. Lucy Trevallion hears how they tackled the situation together.
Social media allows us to communicate with people all over the world, but did you know it could also help you maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle? Heart Health Dietitian Tracy Parker explains.
From nutrition information to which fitness activity suits you, our quizzes are a fun way to test your knowledge and learn more about living a heart-healthy lifestyle.
How do you make achievable goals to help improve your health? Lucy Trevallion ask two experts for their 10 top tips on setting and reaching realistic goals.
Self-control is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Miranda Fitzgerald explains how we can all become willpower superheroes
Follow our six top tips to help you feel empowered after a heart event, or if you've recently been diagnosed.
What healthy habits do other countries have, and what can we learn from this? Explore our interactive to read about habits from across the globe that could help us boost our health.
We look at the research about mindfulness, meditation and heart disease. Plus, a free six minute guided relaxation to try.
It’s normal to feel low sometimes, but if depression is interfering with your life, help is available. Lucy Trevallion hears from four readers who've found treatments that worked for them, including mindfulness and talking therapies.
A change in health can be hard to accept, especially if it happens overnight. Lucy Trevallion hears about Jason Gutridge's emotional journey after his sudden collapse.
Discussing health issues, whether yours or a loved one’s, isn’t always easy. Rachael Healy gets advice from an expert and a heart patient who’s been through it.
Why are some of us better at coping with tough times than others? We explain how resilience helps and meet Claire, a heart patient who has learned skills for resilience.
Having a heart event or finding out you’ve got heart disease can knock your confidence. Rachael Healy hears how learning about your condition and speaking to people in the same boat can help you feel empowered.
Dr Frank Ryan, a clinical psychologist and author of Willpower for Dummies, explains his top 10 tips to improve your self-control and boost your willpower.
Medicines can treat symptoms, but restoring quality of life sometimes needs a broader approach. Learn what social prescribing is, and meet a patient who’s benefited.
Long-term sleep deprivation can damage your health. Get our expert's tips on how to get a better night's sleep.
Listening is an important skill in all areas of life, whether supporting a loved one, dealing with colleagues or in family relationships. Get our tips on how to do it better with active listening.
When you’re a carer, taking a break is vital to your wellbeing. We explain what respite care is and meet people who’ve benefitted.
Dr Mary Welford, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, shares her expert tips.
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), gives her tips on what to look for in a care home.
A heart attack prompted former sprinter Mark Bannan to reassess his priorities and take time to enjoy life, as he tells us.
Confidence is often shaken following a heart event. We get tips on recovery from those who’ve been there and two leading psychologists.
Psychologist Professor Stephen Joseph shares his advice on recovering after a heart attack or heart surgery.
Read these words of wisdom from people who have been through heart attack, heart surgery or cardiac arrest and come out the other side.
Here are tips from some of our experienced cardiac nurses and heart health advisors on getting your confidence back.
Returning to your job can be a vital part of recovering from a heart event. Sarah Brealey gets tips from an expert and meets three people who made the transition back to work.
People who have gone back to work after a heart attack share their tips about what they have learned.
The end of life needs of people with heart disease aren’t being met. As new guidance is published on the sensitive issue of palliative care, we explain why we need to talk about death and dying.
If you want to have a conversation about death, whether you’ve received a diagnosis or want to break bad news, here are some pointers to help you.
Cardiac rehabilitation helps you recover after a heart event. Sarah Brealey meets some of the trained professionals involved.
Breaking with convention can lead to better patient care. Sarah Brealey reports on Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital, which is putting patients and family members at the heart of care.
We've funded an integrated heart failure service to bring the best possible care to heart failure patients. Sarah Brealey reports on an innovative project in north Wales.
Involving patients in health services can help make improvements that might not otherwise have happened. Sarah Brealey reports on patient involvement at Barts Heart Centre in London.
Use the time spent waiting for a hospital procedure or surgery to ensure you’re as prepared as possible. A surgeon, a specialist nurse and a nurse practitioner share expert tips with us.
Hospital stay coming up? Learn what to pack with our exclusive video and list of 12 things to pack - specially written for those who are having a heart operation or procedure.
No one looks forward to spending time in hospital - but there are things that can make it a lot better, as Sarah Brealey explains.
Improving your health with physical activity and a balanced diet is a great idea, but we often make excuses to stick to our old ways. Here are 20 reasons to ignore those excuses.
Many people with heart conditions face mental health issues as a result. We hear how Margaret Brain beat hers and shows where you can find help.
We explain what erectile dysfunction is, the causes of it, the links with coronary heart disease and how to treat it.
If you feel lonely, you’re not alone – and there is plenty of help out there. We ask people who have beaten loneliness for their tips on how to deal with loneliness. Plus, watch our exclusive video.
Receiving a diagnosis of a heart condition can be difficult. We offer tips for dealing with it and useful questions to ask in your appointment.
Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the hardest things any of us have to face. We talk to Sandra Cohen about the death of her beloved husband, and presents tips for coping.
There's a lot to think about when you have to deal with a death, all at a time when you might be struggling to cope yourself. We give a summary of the practical considerations.